Twilight was released 10 years ago, and beyond making me feel a little old, and as if time is zooming past me, it has also brought the surprise release of a Gender bent Twilight reimagining by Stephenie Meyer. I will get to that in a few but before I do, let me get to it.
Twilight is the Nickelback of Fiction. Here’s why I say that. Everyone loves to hate Nickelback, but somehow they have sold millions of records, sold out arenas, and I believe still have a career going. So EVERYONE hates this band, but yet they are still quite a successful band. So someone or a few someones are lying about how they feel about them and their music.
Well, over the span of this decade that Twilight has been out, so many people have come out and said how ridiculous it is. How awful it is. How silly it is. People love to hate Twilight. Let’s look at the facts though, this series has sold over 100 million copies worldwide. Those ridiculous movies grossed over $3.3Billion. That’s not chump change there. So which one of you assholes is lying?
When Twilight was becoming really popular, I worked at a bookstore. People kept asking for it, so I got it for myself as well. I really enjoyed the story. Yea it’s flawed, the writing isn’t amazing, but it was entertaining. People can talk shit as much as they’d like about this series, but at 100 Million copies sold, some of those people talking shit have Twilight on their bookshelves (and probably Nickelback on their iTunes). I am not here defending Twilight as some amazing piece of literature, but I will defend it for what it has done for Young Adult fiction.
The numbers don’t lie. Young Adult fiction has been the fastest growing branch of publishing. Harry Potter has a lot to do with that, because that series opened the imaginations of youngsters wide open. But technically Harry Potter was a middle grade novel, at least I would say the first two are. When Twilight was released and became as popular as it did, it made even more teens and young adults fall in love with reading. In 1997, about 3,000 YA fiction novels were published. The numbers these days are above the 30,000 mark per year. Did you know that print books are making a come back and are still selling more than expected considering the digital age we are in? Here’s my opinion on the matter… On youtube, Instagram, tumblr, and yes wordpress and plenty of other blog sites young adults and adults in general are coming together for their love of not just YA Fiction, but all kinds of books. This is why I don’t hate on Twilight, it was one of the first few stories to burst those walls down, and has allowed for Hunger Games, Divergent, and Throne of Glass to become the popular books that they are, because Twilight started something, and it started something huge.
Now Stephenie Meyer released that gender swapped Version of Twilight called Life and Death. Her reasoning was because she got tired of hearing about Bella being a Damsel in distress, but come on, Ms.Meyer you wrote her that way, even if you don’t seem to see it. I am intrigued by this gender swapped thing, but I am not about to buy another copy of Twilight to read it. If it came as a stand alone, I would get it, and I am not ashamed.I don’t believe in guilty pleasure. But those Gender swapped names, Beau and Edythe?
See look at me, being a hater. But here’s why I hope it still sells. In the digital age, the time of selfies at every second, and those stupid ass Kardashians, I am glad that books are selling like they are. It makes me happy that young adults and adults too are more interested in a half assed attempt at a new novel by Stephenie Meyer, than of Keeping up with what dick the Kardashians are sucking this week. (ugh so Brash,I know.I can’t help it.)
So Cheers to you Nickelback of Fiction. You are still successful and will probably continue to sell. There will be another version of you down the line, but Books over Bimbos, I always say. Not every book ever written needs to have some sort of wonderful message behind it. Not every book needs to be a call for world peace or be a work of fiction that snobs go around misunderstanding anyway. Sometimes a book is an escape or a break from the stress of life. So what difference does it make to you if someone else reads a book about a glittery vampire or a pulitzer prize winning piece of literature? Stop being a hater (and a liar, I see that Twilight book on your shelf).
Twilight the Nickelback of Fiction, is still more successful than you. So Stop it.